SAVE OUR SEATS - SAVE THE CANVAS

by Ruth Rogers in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

£80,254

raised so far

720

supporters

SOS Help us ‘Save Our Seats’. We need to keep our doors open so we can continue supporting some of Tower Hamlets’ most vulnerable residents.

by Ruth Rogers in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 24th June 2022 we'd raised £78,576 with 705 supporters in 29 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund

We’re taking part in the National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund. Donations to our project will be matched by the fund up to the value of £250 per donation to help us overcome the effects of the pandemic.


Please note only one donation per supporter will be matched by the National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund.

Since 2014 we’ve helped feed and nourish some of our community’s most vulnerable residents through our social enterprise. The pandemic has hit our business and community so hard, that we’re struggling to stay afloat.

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Pre-pandemic, Brick Lane was the life-giving force of our business. It’s just twenty steps away from The Canvas Cafe’s doors, our social enterprise that’s been helping feed and nourish some of Tower Hamlets’ most vulnerable residents including the homeless and hard-up families. Tower Hamlets has the highest percentage of people living in poverty in the whole of London so those bums on seats and passing trade meant that every customer, in one way or another, supported vital work.

The horrible irony is that since the pandemic, we’re supporting 30% more people, but with nearly 60% less trade, in an increasingly punishing economic environment. We managed to get back on our feet after the first lockdown, but after Omicron and now rising prices and inflation, we find ourselves struggling to keep our doors open knowing that the need in our neighbourhood is growing daily, for the same reasons we find ourselves struggling.

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HELP SAVE OUR SEATS
But we won’t give up yet, we can’t. Save Our Seats is a way for you to support The Canvas. Individuals or organisations can help us save all 76 of our seats, from the chairs in our cafe to the benches in our garden and will be thanked with a whole array of AMAZING Canvas thankyous from our signed ‘Double Helpings’ plates from Gilbert & George, prints from The Real Hackney Dave, to the delicious cake we make. We want to show you why we’re so proud of what we do, so you understand how we had so many bums on those seats in the first place.

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With the whole country increasingly up against it, you’ll hear lots of stories like this over the coming months - what a heartbreaking state of affairs this is - so we cannot thank you enough for listening to ours. Monies raised will allow us to continue to support our community, and make it possible for us to rethink our business model in this new trading environment whilst still meeting urgent needs.

The Canvas is a small social business with a big heart, and we can’t let it be a victim of the pandemic. Since we opened in 2014, we’ve always said that humans are amazing, they just need the space to be so; The Canvas is that space. 

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Rewards

This project offered rewards

£250 or more

£250 WORTH £500 REWARD!

Thanks to our match funder, the National Emergencies Trust, donate £250 + get our £500 reward! * 4x free lunches at The Canvas for 2 people worth £120 * A 'Real Hackney Dave' screen print * A celebration birthday cake for the date of your choice

£10 or more

£10 REWARD

A free hot drink when you next visit us as a huge thank you

£50 or more

£50 REWARD

* Coffee + slices of cake date for 2 on the date of your choice

£100 or more

£100 REWARD

* A celebration birthday cake for the date of your choice

£500 or more

£500 REWARD

* 4x free lunches at The Canvas for 2 people worth £120 * A ‘Real Hackney Dave’ screen print * A celebration birthday cake for the date of your choice

£1,000 or more

£1K REWARD

* 5% off the year's catering * A ‘Real Hackney Dave’ screen print * 4x free lunches at The Canvas for 2 ppl worth £120 * A celebration birthday cake for the date of your choice

£2,500 or more

£2.5K REWARD

* A signed Gilbert and George plate from our Double Helpings project * A ‘Real Hackney Dave’ screen print * 10% off the year's catering * A celebration birthday cake for the date of your choice

£5,000 or more

£5K REWARD

* A signed Gilbert and George plate from our Double Helpings project * A ‘Real Hackney Dave’ screen print * 4 catering bookings across a year, worth £1.5k * 10% off the year's extra catering * A celebration birthday cake for the date of your choice

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